On Friday, it was announced that a new auction record of game cartridge has been established with the sale of the Zelda legend for NES at $ 870,000. Now, only two days later, that record has already been broken with another auction of high figure, it involves an unopened copy of Super Mario 64 sold at the beginning of today.
The auction was performed by heritage auctions, which informs that the unopened copy of Super Mario for Nintendo 64 was sold for a massive $ 1,560,000. That’s about twice the amount of the previous record held by the Legend of the Zelda auction that ended last Friday.
The sealed cartridge sold in the auction was a version of Super Mario 64 of 1996, qualified in a ++ quality. “The condition of this copy is so impressive that we are really at a loss here,” said the auction house in its product description. Although copies of this game are not particularly rare, it is very unusual to find a pristine version that has never been opened.
Super Mario 64 is a remarkable game for many reasons; Not only was it the defining title of the childhood of many millennials, but it was also the best selling title that is offered at the iconic Nintendo 64 and the fans of the first time they experienced the Mario character in a 3D environment . Maybe it’s not a surprise, then, that someone was willing to pay a great figure for an incredibly rare piece of the history of videogames.
In spite of that, the sales figure was still considerably higher than the similar past elements we have seen. It seems that the value of the high quality retro game cartridges has skyrocketed in the last two years, at least when it comes to the collection market. If you have a classic game without sealing and inhaled, still sitting in a box somewhere, now it can be time to clean it and see what is worth.